Kim Jong Un Invites South Korean President Moon to Pyongyang

Shot of a Hwasong-15 ICBM in North Korea’s military parade released on North Korean Central Television

The ceremony was also attended by North Korean ceremonial leader Kim Yong Nam and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's sister, Kim Yo Jong, as well as US Vice President Mike Pence.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is not directly addressing news that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has invited South Korean President Moon Jae-in for a visit, as the two Koreas use the Olympics as an opportunity for renewing ties.

The Winter Olympics opened with a spectacular ceremony on Friday, attended by several heads of state who witnessed the joint march of North and South Korean athletes, as Games systems played up. The first liberal president in a decade, Moon during his inauguration speech previous year that he would be willing to visit Pyongyang and meet with Kim Jong Un if that helps solve the nuclear problem.

Pence said Moon updated him about the meeting he had with North Korean officials and "both of us reiterated to each other tonight that we will continue to stand strong and work in a coordinated way to bring maximum economic and diplomatic pressure to bear on North Korea". It figured to be because no matter which side of the border they were representing, Korean hockey players simply aren't ready to compete on such a big world stage.

Pence, meanwhile, had only one event on his schedule on Saturday: he appeared back at Pyeongchang to view the short-track speedskating event, along with second lady Karen Pence and the US delegation.

The game was a mismatch pretty much from the opening faceoff, though you would have never known it by the constant noise made by tightly choreographed North Korean cheerleaders and the much looser fans from the South.

This has exposed the gaps between Seoul and Washington in how to deal with North Korea.

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A massive military parade in Pyongyang on the eve of the just-opened Pyeongchang Games has been used as Exhibit A by skeptics: In it, Kim Jong Un highlighted several huge intercontinental ballistic missiles, which were successfully flight tested three times a year ago and could reach deep into the US mainland when perfected.

And that folder? It turns out it contained a personal letter from Kim Jong Un to South Korea's president.

"The policy of the U.S.is the denuclearization of North Korea", the official said of Pence's approach to the Kim regime". White House officials stressed that Pence had applauded only for the American team, but Asia experts said the vice president's refusal to stand could be seen as disrespectful to the hosts. In case Kim Jong-un springs a surprise, the United States does not want to get caught off guard. South Korean participants included senior officials Jeong Eui-yong, Jo Myong-gyoon and Im Jong-suk - the chief presidential secretary. Almost 50 years ago, Kim's grandfather sent commandos to South Korea to raid the presidential office and assassinate the South Korean president.

Guterres met the 22-member North Korean delegation, which was led by Yong-nam. North Korea is likely advancing its own strategic interests by playing into Moon's vision of a peaceful Korean Peninsula.

When a hotel on South Korea's east coast was asked at short notice to host almost 280 North Korean visitors, the problem wasn't finding enough rooms.

The North has sent almost 500 people to the Pyeongchang Games, including officials, athletes, artists and also a 230-member state-trained cheering group after the Koreas agreed to a series of conciliatory gestures for the games.

North Korean media slammed Pence what they described as "snobbish" behavior.

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